Live: Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin

Slayer closed out the third and final day of Fun Fun Fun Fest.

We had Big Fun, if not fun × 3, this past weekend in Austin at the Fun Fun Fun Fest, a mixture of musical (and other) entertainment staged supposedly as an alternative to the bloated, self-important Austin City Limits festival.

FFF stretched out for the first time at Auditorium Shores, which to even the drunkest concertgoer is much more space than ACL has down the road at Zilker Park. The only physical problem this year was apparently blowing dust but on Sunday – the only day we attended – a little rain and less wind reduced the dust problem a bit. Nevertheless it wasn’t unusual to see people walking around with bandannas (or surgical masks) covering their faces.

Wrestling under the cloudy Austin skies at FFF Fest.

We got there in time to witness something called Anarchy Championship Wrestling, which is phony wrestling on a small ring just inside one of the gates. Darin Childs retained his championship against a formidable Mat Fitchett, an athletic Bostonian who at one point climbed a tree and jumped off a branch onto his opponent. (See video below).

Whew! If that wasn’t enough, there was comedy too – former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, now a TV host for National Geographic channel, told some funny stories about traveling to India and eating cooked rat. He also told some stories about playing with Black Flag back in the punk rock daze, much to the crowd’s delight. We also stumbled upon comedian Brian Posehn, an avowed metal fan who was pretty stoked that he was gonna perform as an opener to Slayer. “That’s just freaky,” he said, but later on stage he went into a long bit about Slayer and being metal, and … you gotta catch his act.

Comedian Brian Posehn, captured in the wild by a fan. Nice shirt, man!

So, yeah, there was Slayer and the crowd was really ready for that metal. I saw people with their kids on their shoulders, their kids in strollers, and a few kids still in their mommys’ bellies, packing in close to the front of the stage for the veteran thrashers. I’m sorry I am not familiar with Slayer’s music, so I don’t know what they played beyond “World Painted Blood,” which opened the two-hour-or-so set.

These loud mofos were perhaps enjoyed best from the back of the crowd, where I retreated. Call me a pussy if you must, but I went there to have unfettered access to the suddenly uncrowded beer vendors. It’s not that you couldn’t hear Slayer back there … you could certainly hear them from the South Congress bridge about a half mile away.We saw some other bands – including some of the indie acts like Mates of State and Architecture in Helsinki. Yikes! Maybe I’ve been to too many hard rock and metal shows lately but this stuff sounded pretty gay in comparison to Cannibal Corpse, who really melted faces with their set, and Slayer.

Henry Rollins

Of everyone we saw, one thing linked them all – mention of Glenn Danzig. The former Misfits frontman and goth poser apparently threw a supreme rock diva pissy fit on Friday night, taking the stage late after complaining about the cold weather (temps 71 during the day, about 55 at night), saying he had a “deathbug,” crying for french onion soup and bitching about the size of his stage. Naturally, because Danzig went on about an hour late he couldn’t play his whole set, which was supposed to include Misfits songs. So when the 10 p.m. curfew hit and he’d played only two or three Misfits tunes, FFF unplugged him. Danzig tried to get the audience to riot, but they were only pissed at him.

Naturally, on Sunday everyone made fun of little bitch Danzig. Even the no-name punk bands playing on the Black Stage in the afternoon ridiculed his french onion soup fetish, and Posehn mocked him in front of Slayer and everybody. Brutal. At the end of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists’ set, frontman Leo left the stage and returned in a black t-shirt and “devillock” wig to perform the Misfits tunes everybody got cheated out of earlier. They did about four Misfits tunes, including “Where Eagles Dare,” “Skulls” and “Angelfuck.”

There goes Boris' gong.

We left around Slayer’s encore and we encountered some guy carrying a broken gong on his back. He said it was from the band Boris, and the gong was “heavy as fuck.” So, as we could (clearly) hear every note from the South Congress bridge, we vowed we’d return next year for FFF Fest. One day at least … maybe two.

– Denny Angelle

George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, lead singer of Cannibal Corpse.

YouTube: Anarchy Championship Wrestling at Fun Fun Fun Fest

Gary Holt, filling in for Jeff Hanneman of Slayer.

Henry Rollins is a funny guy.

More wrestling.

More Slayer - this is bassist/singer Tom Araya.

This is pretty metal, too.

Slayer sounded good from way back here. (Photo swiped from FFF Fest Facebook page)

2 Responses to “Live: Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin”

  1. great pics but that’s not Henneman. Thats Gary Holt from Exodus filling in for Henneman because of surgery

  2. 30daysout Says:

    Ah, thanks. Correction made!

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